Welcome to the cow tipping thread. I've found the best way is to find a field of cows, and then approach one. Then you get your shoulder blade under their shoulder blade and push with all your might.
Welcome to the tipping thread. These usually end in pain and tears and sometimes blood so I've been thinking of starting this thread for a couple of weeks now. The topic just kind of came up in [chat] so before everyone there kills each other and leaves [chat] a desolate wasteland, I thought it prudent to cut that off and make a thread.
So, tipping. What is tipping? Tipping is when you get a check and you give extra money to your server, waitress, hairstylist, baker, barista, stripper, whatever. This seems not so customary in Europe, which is why the thread title is American Tipsters. But feel free to discuss tipping customs in Europe, Asia, or in any of the continents on Earth (or whatever planet you hail from).
My own personal behavior:
Unless service is absolutely terrible, I tip 20% as a base. Sometimes, depending on the price of whatever I'm consuming, I will tip more. If I am familiar with the waiter/waitress or bartender, the tip amount will usually increase. For beers at the bar, I usually ignore the percentage and either give 1 or 2 dollars per drink if I'm paying cash. If I have a tab, I usually figure out some decent percentage. If I get a buyback or two or three or four or five, I will generally give some large percentage of whatever the drink would have cost as a tip for that drink - somewhere between 40% and 80%. I don't know what other people do in that case and I'd be curious to find out.
Bartenders and waiters/waitresses do not make minimum wage. Most of their income comes from tips. Which is why it is customary to give a tip of at least...well, it used to be 15% but I think the bare minimum now should be 18% and I think it's better to err on the side of 20-22%.
I never tip the people at Subway or Starbucks. Sorry, but your primary function is sandwich making and/or making coffee. And you make at least minimum wage.
Taxis - I try not to take taxis, but I generally tip somewhere around 15-20%.
Delivery personnel - This is a tricky one. I usually give 10-15% which feels low. I try to factor in how far away the restaurant is. But it just feels "wrong" to spend more than 5 bucks on food delivery. ESPECIALLY if the establishment already charges like $2 for delivery. Usually I try not to order from places that either charge for delivery or are too far away from my abode.
And strippers: Usually $20 for every $80-100 you spend on lapdances. I mean I've never been to a strip club ever.
Now, back to tipping servers. People from Europe often don't tip. They do this a lot in Times Square, which I frequent a lot. I'm sorry, but I don't buy for a second that this is because "they don't tip in Europe." If you're visiting another country, you should at least familiarize yourself with some basic customs. I think most Europeans are aware that tipping is a custom in America, but they use "foreign ignorance" as an excuse. Maybe that's not fair, but I see it too often for me to believe otherwise. In fact, foreigners have asked me "how much should I tip?" which shows me that at least some tourists are thinking about the question. You have NO idea how often wait staff and bartenders get stiffed in tourist-heavy areas, especially - in my experience - from Australians and Brits. I mean no offense to those of you not in America and I don't mean to suggest that nobody
from England tips while over here - but most of those I've observed do not. And the only time I saw an Australian tip is when he was stoned off his gourd and threw the bartender a $100 bill after three $6 shots.
Let the bloodletting begin!